Shame Banner

Shame Mobile Mural

To put continued pressure on North Carolina governor Pat McCrory's bid for reelection, I worked with a professional mural artist and a few friends to make a giant, mobile banner that hung in downtown Raleigh throughout the election season.  We wanted a highly visible—and highly creative—approach to keep the damage of House Bill 2 top of mind. Apparently, the (now former) governor didn't like our approach, but voters did. McCrory lost by approximately 5,000 votes in November of 2016.

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The mural was really big.

I didn't have to go to the gym for weeks after schlepping this thing around! At 40 feet tall and 20 feet wide—and painted on heavy, weatherproof canvas—moving the mural from rooftop to rooftop was always a fun and frightening experience.

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Pat McCrory went to Hopscotch.

The mural made its debut during Raleigh's annual music festival, Hopscotch, at one of the music venues. There, thousands of festival attendees took pictures with the mural. Rolling Stone even called it one of the "Top 5 Moments" of Hopscotch. 

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Then, he traveled around town.

After Hopscotch, we continued to move McCrory around town, partnering with local businesses and their properties over course of the election season. McCrory traveled to Centro + Gallo Pelon, The Pour House, Slim's, The Busy Bee, and the Briggs Hardware Building. 

The seventh annual Hopscotch Music Festival took place this weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina and, despite anti-LGBT Governor Pat McCrory giving his state a bad name due to his HB2 “bathroom bill,” which has caused many entertainers and organizations to boycott the state, locals decided to protest in their own way. Grayson and Tina Haver Currin unfurled a huge banner of the man with the word SHAME plastered over his face that appeared at a few different locations – becoming a focal point for those in attendance.
— Rolling Stone
Making sure the banner is tied down tight from a second-story balcony on the first day it flew.

Making sure the banner is tied down tight from a second-story balcony on the first day it flew.

After seeing the original mural, we were commissioned to create a second version, which hung in Greensboro, North Carolina, from October through December of 2016.